Ardifuir is central to some of the finest, spectacular, challenging and bizarre golfing experiences in Scotland.

There are a number of nine hole courses including the award winning Carradale, described as the “most sporting 9 hole course in Scotland”.

On the coast we have the truly majestic championship links at Machrihanish with its illustrious 1st hole. A second 18 hole course at Machrihanish, the mountainous Glencruiten in Oban and Dunaverty to the south are all more family affairs and for those who just don’t like playing under pressure.

If you can make it out to any of the island courses, the memories will cling to you like camp fire smoke.

Islay’s Machrie humbles and stuns you with equal measure. 18 links holes of mind numbing pleasure (or disbelief, depending on the day) with views across Laggan Bay to melt the soul.

Colonsay’s primitive 18 holes sometimes number less, depending on the rabbit damage; the only passenger aeroplane shares its runway with the golf. This only makes the course more enchanting. Hazards include it’s natural and distracting scenic beauty and livestock discharge, however local rules allow for a club length’s removal on plugging.

Iona should not be large enough for a golf course yet there she stands, on the west facing coastline. Columba himself would have surely approved. Once again, hazards are plentiful, not least avoiding the oil and water-colour artists who only have their eyes on the prize and not a wayward Slazenger.

These are but a few, and to do them all justice would take up weeks of anyone’s reading time. We suggest you experiment, slowly at first, but always with an open mind.